December 19th is National Hard Candy Day!
Here are today’s five food things to know about candy:
- Less than two percent of the calories in the American diet are supplied by candy.
- In Europe during the middle ages, the high cost of sugar made sugar candy a delicacy available only to the wealthy.
- Candy is simply made by dissolving sugar in water. The different heating levels determine the types of candy: Hot temperatures make hard candy, medium heat will make soft candy and cool temperatures make chewy candy.
- Some candies, such as lollipops, candy canes, gummy bears, gum drops, licorice twist and sour balls are free of fat and cholesterol, making them a healthier treat than many people realize.
- A lollipop, which was invented by George Smith in 1908, was named after Lolly Pop, a racing horse.
Today’s Food History
on this day in…
1732 First issue of ‘Poor Richard’s Almanac’ was published.
1809 Pierre Joseph van Beneden was born. A Belgian parasitologist, he discovered the life cycle of tapeworms.
1863 Frederick Walton of London patented Linoleum. The standard kitchen flooring.
1871 Albert L. Jones patented corrugated paper which could be used to make boxes.